President Message
 
 
 
 
Parkville Rotary
 
Dalyn Novak 
Club President 2018-19
 
 
It is an honor and a pleasure to serve as the 2018-2019 President of the Parkville Rotary Club!  I cannot think of a better organization to give of my time.  I’m glad you have found our website and I encourage you to spend some time browsing the website to learn more about who we are as a club.  I would also like to invite you to attend a Parkville Rotary lunch meeting if you haven’t done so already!  I guarantee that you will be glad that you did!
I have four goals for my year as President and they include:
 
  1. Community Outreach
    1. We, as a club, intend to reach out into the community of Parkville more than we ever have in the past and show the City who we are! In turn we hope that this will help us gain new members. 
       
  2. Community Service
    1. We have always been a community service organization but this year we intend to do more community service than we have in years past! Service Above Self!
       
  3. ClubRunner
    1. This website you are on right now is part of our move to using ClubRunner, a program built to help Rotary Clubs manage all aspects of the club. ClubRunner does much more than website design and we actively started using this online tool in August 2018.
       
  4. Presidential Citation
    1. Together I believe our club can achieve this high standard set by the Rotary International President, Barry Rassin.  The citation is awarded to those Rotary clubs worldwide that have achieved goals that will strengthen Rotary as a whole and our club. Goals include increasing club membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to The Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in your community.
This may seem like a lot of work but I can tell you the Parkville Rotary Club is up to the challenge!  RI President Barry Rassin’s theme this year is “Be the Inspiration” and this theme fits perfectly with the goals listed above. As President I want to leave the club in a place that is better than when I became President and I hope that I will accomplish that by the end of my year. 
 
Rotary International
 
President 2018-19 Barry Rassin
Barry Rassin
RI President 2018-19
 
Imagine if we could take a snapshot capturing all of the work Rotary does on a given day. No one – except Rotarians – would believe that a single organization was capable of accomplishing so much. In that snapshot you would see dedicated volunteers working to eradicate polio, setting up microloans, providing clean water, mentoring youth, and countless other actions.
 
We can do all this thanks both to our geographic reach and to the fact that our clubs are made up of people who are engaged in their communities. As a part of the community that you serve, you know the needs, you have the connections, and you're able to take immediate action. That's why every Rotary club's membership should reflect the diversity of its community.
 
We've made great strides in this. In Egypt, Indonesia, and Kenya, Rotary is approaching 50 percent female membership. We're also expanding the age diversity of our clubs. In each of our communities, young professionals are eager to contribute their talents, give back, and learn from mentors. Let's share with them what Rotary is all about. The Engaging Younger Professionals Toolkit at Rotary.org has an action plan to help you reach young leaders and Rotary alumni in your area.
 
Another resource that can help us better reflect our communities – one that is global like us, is a quarter-million members strong, and already shares our values of service and leadership – is Rotaract. Rotaractors are our partners: Team up with them on projects, ask them to speak at your events, and invite them to join your club. Dedicated Rotaractors worldwide are becoming members of Rotary and even starting new Rotary clubs while still serving as members of Rotaract.
 
The world needs Rotary, and Rotary needs strong clubs and engaged members in order to do more good. It is our responsibility – yours and mine – to make sure everyone who shows an interest in joining Rotary gets an invitation. Make use of the Membership Leads tool at Rotary.org, which helps people who are interested in joining Rotary connect with a club that's right for them. And let's ensure that every member has a reason to stay. By building strong clubs that engage in meaningful projects and have fun along the way, we provide value to our club members that they cannot find anywhere else.
 
Let's not keep Rotary's story – the story captured in those snapshots of service – to ourselves. I challenge you to invite leaders of all ages, men and women, who are looking for a way to give back. By doing so, you will Be the Inspiration in your community and help Rotary continue to do good in the world.